Why Is My Pet Doing That?

Paumanok Veterinary Hospital Offers Behavior Consultation

Have you just welcomed a new pet into your family or is your well-established senior pet doing something new and strange, perhaps destructive? Paumanok Veterinary Hospital is ready to help you understand and, if needed, correct the behavior. If your pet has started a new BAD behavior, such as becoming aggressive or eliminating in inappropriate places, we will give you suggestions about how to change it.

First, we would need to rule out physical problems. If this is considered unlikely, we can help you figure out what is going on in your pet’s mind — or at least develop strategies to deal with the behavior. No one technique works all the time, but we are patient and understanding. Sometimes compromises between human and animal have to be worked out. We’ll keep at it with you until a satisfactory solution is found, and, if necessary, we can refer you to a board-certified behavior specialist.

Pet Selection Advice

A good start is always helpful. Paumanok will guide future owners contemplating a new pet with this important decision to match the right pet with the right person or family. We can advise you on what breed of dog meshes with your lifestyle or whether an independent cat or a pocket pet such as a guinea pig might be the right pet for you. We can even give you the pros and cons on birds as well.

Puppy Obedience Training

Every puppy can benefit from “Puppy Kindergarten” and training. At around the age of 2 to 3 months, this type of training provides excellent guidance in how to help your puppy with:

  • Socialization and becoming acquainted with other dogs
  • Understanding his or her role in your family
  • Preventing behavior problems before they start

Beginners’ Dog Obedience

This class is for 8 weeks and is appropriate for dogs 6 months of age and older. You’ll learn how to train your dog to have good manners in the house. Imagine your dog running across a busy street. This class will teach your dog to obey you even if distracted.

Intermediate Dog Obedience

You will review basic commands, working more to control distractions and prepare for off-leash training. Dog games played in class include:

  • Tic-tac-toe
  • Musical hoops
  • Kibble race
  • Biscuit balance

All dogs and puppies must be up to date on vaccinations appropriate to their age. These classes are fun for you and your pet and go a long way toward establishing a rapport and bond that will stay strong for many years to come.

“Thank you, Paumanok Veterinary Hospital! On February 10, in the middle of a snow storm, my wife and I rushed our 5½-year-old boxer to Paumanok for an emergency visit because of repeated seizures. A few months earlier, he had a couple of seizures and was placed on anti-seizure medicine. He had been doing fine until this latest episode. Dr. Dave took extra time to thoroughly explain our options as well as the potential side effects of the medicine prescribed, which needed to be bumped up slightly. My wife and I have done much research on this and while many vets have slightly different theories and preferences for treating and controlling seizures, Drs. Dave and Dee Hensen have always gone out of their way to not only do the best by our pets but to thoroughly explain the proper maintenance, treatment, and care. They follow up with phone calls, as well as their staff, and it is for these reasons that we’ve trusted the health and well-being of our pets to Paumanok for the last 15 years. I’m happy to say that our dog has been doing much, much better since his medicine was altered. The vets at Paumanok go above and beyond, not only for pets but for the community as well, as they’re active members in Patchogue Rotary Club, and their selfless, tireless hours put into our local community are not lost on this client. We cannot thank you enough.”

The materials offered on this website are intended for educational purposes only. Paumanok Veterinary Hospital, P.C. does not provide veterinary medical services or guidance via the internet. Please consult your veterinarian in matters regarding the care of your animals.